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China and Russia enable Myanmar military's brazen behavior

The two countries undermine ASEAN's efforts to pressure the regime

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov shakes hands with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi during a meeting in Phnom Penh on Aug. 5. (Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via Reuters)

Myanmar's military regime is accelerating its crackdown on pro-democracy forces, including by executing political prisoners. Last week, the foreign ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations issued a joint communique expressing the bloc's deep disappointment toward the regime's lack of commitment to an agreement to immediately halt violence and accept a visit by a special envoy who would meet all parties concerned.

The Myanmar military issued a statement rejecting the pronouncement and urging ASEAN to refrain from one-sided categorizations.

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